Annual Event Rolls Over into 5th Year

Canine superstars performing feats of brawn and brain will be highlights of Bridgeland’s “pet-acular” Howl-O-Ween Fest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Oak Meadow Park, 17730 House Hahl Road.

Bridgeland Howl-O-WeenMutts Gone Nuts will have audience members howling and begging for more at the fifth annual Fido-and-family festival, as Scott and Joan Houghton try to outsmart their pack of mischievous rescue dogs in a show that includes thrilling stunts and impeccable comedic timing.  The husband-and-wife team works with as many as eight dogs on stage, all who have been handpicked for their lively personalities and athleticism among the 70 to 80 dogs the pair have fostered during the last decade.

Also on stage will be Kyra Sundance and her Weimaraner, Jadie, dubbed by Jay Leno as the “world’s smartest dog” after she “read” numerals during an appearance on the Tonight Show. The clever canine also will showcase her acrobatic ability and intelligence in an energetic display of dog tricks taken from Sundance’s best-selling book, “101 Dog Tricks.”

“We have a superb line-up of entertainment and activities planned for this year’s Howl-O-Ween Fest,” said Peter Houghton, vice president of master planned communities for Bridgeland. “We’ve also added another fundraising component to the event to further help the many rescue organizations affiliated with the festival.”

Kicking off this year’s Howl-O-Ween Fest is a new activity, a pup-and-people Ruff Run at Waterway Park. Entrants can choose to race a half-mile or one-mile course at 9 a.m. and can then take shuttles to Howl-O-Ween Fest. Creative attire is encouraged, as awards will be given for the best pet-and-owner costumes. Online registration is $25 and is available now at Race day registration will be $35 and begins at 8 a.m. at Festival Park. All proceeds benefit participating Howl-O-Ween Fest rescue groups, which include Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas, Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston, Great Dane Rescue of Southeast Texas, Husky Haven, Lone Star Boxer Rescue, Texas Gulf Coast Boston Terrier Rescue, Pug Hearts and Boykin Spaniel Rescue.

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Kidville Backpack Drive to Benefit Montgomery County Food Bank

Kidville The WoodlandsKids are coming to school on Mondays with less energy and focus than any other day of the week—and it’s not due to a “big” weekend. A shortage of food is the culprit. Kidville-The Woodlands is hoping to help the Montgomery County Food Bank provide more food for needy children. Kidville’s goal is to bring in as many children’s backpacks as possible August 5-19 for the annual fall Buddy Backpack program sponsored by the Food Bank.

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Coldwell Banker United Needs Your Help for YMCA Operation Backpack

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Now through August 11, YMCA Operation Backpack will collect brand new backpacks filled with school supplies and distribute them to children living in the communities of South Montgomery County YMCA service area. The local YMCAs and their community partners will serve as collection sites for people to drop off backpacks and supplies.

Pictured: Coldwell Banker United, The Woodlands Office, once again participated in YMCA OPERATION BACKPACK program. Each year the number of backpacks collected by this office has surpassed the previous year with a  new total of 150 packs for 2013.

To help follow these simple steps:

  • Purchase a new backpack and/or school supplies
  • Write a note of encouragement to the child and place it in the backpack or supplies
  • Drop off the donation to one of the Y centers in The Woodlands
  • Enjoy the feeling of making a difference in the life of a child

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